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Letter: School Board Talks Farmedge

This letter is in response to a recent advertisement in the April 9th issue of The Levittown Tribune. In that issue, there was an advertisement for three individuals running for the Island Trees Board of Education in which certain statements were made about the current Board of Education and we would like to clarify them.  

 

The Board of Education is elected by the community to oversee and make decisions on district spending. The Board of Education’s area of responsibility is to the Island Trees Schools, the children they educate and the residents of the district. 

Gallow has not been used for Island Trees students for approximately 20 years. We actively looked and continue to look for tenants since BOCES—much to the Board’s disappointment—decided to vacate the Gallow building in 2013.  

 

It was our responsibility when we no longer had a tenant for Gallow to explore other options for the property as an empty building will burden the taxpayers of this community. One such option was a possible sale of the property. To explore this option, it was necessary to know the worth of the property, and we needed to employ the services of professionals to obtain such information.  As of February, due to the community response, all inquiries into selling the property have been tabled and we are in the process of forming a community team that will explore suggestions about the future use of the property.  In order to reduce costs to the taxpayers of an unused building, a decision was made to close the building while keeping it in a condition that would make it immediately available for a possible tenant with minimal re-opening costs.

 

Had the community supported the sale of the property, it was always a consideration that the library would be a part of the district reorganization. The library and the district are two distinct entities, with their own budgets to be used to sustain their own programs. 

 

The Board had also stated a commitment to honor the Stephen E. Karopczyc name at another one of our buildings. After all, it was members of this current board that helped restore the Memorial Middle School name.

 

Although the Farmedge issue is an important one, it is just one of the many issues we are entrusted to handle. In closing, the final word on the future Farmedge Property will always be with the community in a referendum vote.

 

We hope to see you at Meet the Candidate Night on May 12th at the Island Trees High School at 7 p.m.  

 

Island Trees Board of Education

 

Kenneth Rochon, President

 

Kristen Daum, Vice President

 

Daniel Donahue

 

Patricia Mahon

 

Kim McDonough

 

Barbara Medellin

 

George Storm


News

U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.

 

“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.

 

From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.

A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.

 

All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.

 

Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.

 

Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.

 

In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.

 

“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”

 

With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.

Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.

 

The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.

 

The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “

 

At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.

 

Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.

 

Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.

 

The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.


Sports

Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.

 

In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs. 

Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.

 

Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games. 


Calendar

Lazy Days Of Summer - July 26

Flea Market - July 27

Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band - July 28


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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